When we first arrived in Rome, we walked through town to start seeing sights and avoid jetlag. I was pretty much in a haze from 24 hours of traveling and not truly believing we were actually in Rome! The air was a bit chilly and it had rained just recently, as fresh puddles pooled in the ancient cobblestones and raindrops lay on raincoats. Alleyways in Rome and other old cities are very narrow and a bit crooked, so you never knew what you would see when you emerged into an open space.
We hopped a large puddle and rounded a corner. This is the sight we were met with:
Piazza della Rotonda, home of the Pantheon. To say we were all starstruck is an understatement.
Before we toured the Pantheon, however, we agreed lunch was a top priority! We stopped in this adorable little restaurant filled with unique trinkets and gorgeous candlelight. I enjoyed the best raviolis I’ve ever had.
The Pantheon was built in 126 CE as a temple to all the Roman gods. It is one of Rome’s best preserved buildings, saved by being readopted after the fall of the Roman Empire, when the pagan religion was replaced by Christianity. The Pantheon was consecrated as a Roman Catholic church. The beautiful, open skylight is a testament to Roman engineering and artistry.
The color you see on the walls is not paint – it is naturally colored marble. The Romans used marble on most of their large buildings because it is beautiful, sparkles in light, and exhibits Roman wealth.
The fountain was placed in front of the Pantheon in the Sixteenth Century, and the Egyptian obelisk placed on top in the Eighteenth Century. Both serve as a centerpiece of Piazza della Rotonda.
We then made our way to Piazza Navona, the closest historic piazza near our hotel. Piazza Navona features three water fountains and one Egyptian obelisk. The picture above features one statue of Neptune’s fountain.
The picture above is a detail from the largest fountain in Piazza Navona. The church to the right of the picture .
What struck me most about walking through Rome for the first time was how the city shows its history. Buildings sitting next to one another could be centuries apart in age. I felt as though I could walk through the pages of time. Rome itself is one, large historic site, bearing the art, architecture, and stories of people from yesterday to two-thousand years ago. History is a living thing. It is changed and recreated every day.
There is so much more still to see! My next post will feature some of Rome’s most iconic historic sites!
Many exciting events and changes have happened at Stardust Photography recently and I finally have a moment to share them all! Although it may appear a bit quiet on the blog, I have been a busy bee with both my photography business and finishing studies at Saint Vincent College. So here is what is new with me…
1.) The Stardust Photography website has been redesigned and updated! This is definitely a refreshing change. The new website integrates Stardust Photography’s design and branding elements, which express both my professional and personal styles. It is now easy to view photo galleries of both portraits and travel and nature photography.
2.) In March, I traveled with Saint Vincent College to Italy and Greece. Of course, I took many photographs of the gorgeous historic sites and cities. From the Pantheon to the Parthenon, it was truly remarkable to be in places I have only seen in books and in documentaries. I will publish a series of blog posts discussing my travels and sharing the photographs!
3.) On Thursday, April 3, the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery and I hosted the Emerging Artists Exhibit for the second year in a row. This year’s exhibit focused on themes of fantasy and fairytales, which compliments the current exhibit of historic coverlets also on display. Students from four school districts participated and it was wonderful to see their talent and host a celebration for them at the McCarl Gallery.
I have recently been so positive about what the future will bring. Everything in my past has been coming together to help create moments of success and feelings of happiness and confidence. I see the triumphs of my friends and family and feel even more inspired to continue on the journey in front of me, even when I am given no map for my travels and the path is overgrown.
We tend to work so hard that we forget to acknowledge successes, or we feel so weighed down by failures that we begin to believe success will never come. Listing the positive aspects of life, no matter the size, can be gratifying and keep you moving forward. Wishing you the best!
I enjoy New Year’s for how it inspires us to focus on new beginnings. The calendar changes and we wish to see change in ourselves. I am excited for 2014 to usher in a new season of photography, graduate from Saint Vincent College, push myself to create and engage more than ever before. We wake up on January 1st motivated to make these changes occur, yet it can be easy to let these dreams fizzle away as we move away from the holidays and back into routine.
Think of every day as a new start! Have a New Day’s celebration when the sun shines through your window in the morning. Turn your mind to positive moments of your life – a cup of tea before work, hugs from friends, comfort with a book, a walk in the woods. Make time for yourself. And know that beginning again is not a moment we work towards, it is the moment you are in right now.
Here are some favorite moments from my year. Best wishes for 2014!